!!The poem:
* MemeticMutation: Probably the most parodied work in the history of American literature. [[http://www.alchemistmatt.com/twas/twasallmain.html The nearly 1,000 parodies collected here]] are only the tip of the iceberg.

!!The Rankin-Bass special:
* EarWorm: Applies to most of the musical numbers, but especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kRt1gbUXJg "Even a Miracle Needs A Hand"]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: While probably unintentional, this special could be interpreted as having a rather heavy handed anti-intellectual message.
* WeirdAlEffect: This special isn't shown on TV much during the Christmas season anymore. Modern audiences might know the song "Even A Miracle Needs A Hand" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as opposed to this show.